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COVID-19 Places Added Prenatal Stress on Mother & Child That Could Have Lasting Impact

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An international consortium of researchers has identified particular sources of prenatal stress, as experienced by mothers, that have a direct effect on a child's subsequent mental health. The findings emerged from the DREAM-BIG (Developmental Research in Environmental Adversity, Mental health, BIological susceptibility, and Gender) project, and are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

"We already understood that the foundations for life-long mental health are laid in the very first years of life, but we have further validated the idea that prenatal stress, the mother's psychological well-being ...